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County buys front-end loader
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Warren County’s Sanitation Department will soon receive a new hydraulically actuated partial pack front-end loader. Members of the county’s Financial Management Committee voted to purchase a 2014 Mack MRU 613 with Heil Dura Pack, Half Pack FEL for the department at a cost of $216,998 from Stringfellow Inc. of Nashville.
The agreed upon bid was not the lowest bid submitted to the board. Bids submitted were:
• $212,900 - 2014 Mack MRU 613 with New Way Mammoth FEL - Municipal Equipment, Inc.
 - Chassis in Stock, 60-day delivery
• $214,898 - 2013 Mack MRU 613 with Heil Dura Pack, Half Pack FEL - Stringfellow, Inc.
 - 30-45-day delivery
• $216,976 - 2014 Mack MRU 613 with New Way Mammoth FEL - Municipal Equipment, Inc.
 - Chassis to be ordered from Mack of Nashville, 30-45-day delivery
• $216,998 - 2014 Mack MRU 613 with Heil Dura Pack, Half Pack FEL - Stringfellow, Inc.
 - Chassis in stock, 30-45-day delivery
• $220,871 - 2014 Mack MRU 613 with Wayne Titan FEL - CMI Equipment Sales, Inc.
 - Delivery date not indicated
• $221,824 - 2014 Mack MRU 613 with Heil Dura Pack, Half Pack FEL - Stringfellow, Inc.
 - Chassis to be ordered from Mack of Nashville, 30-45-day delivery
The committee consulted with Sanitation Department director Steve Hillis and asked his opinion on the bids.
Hillis said he would not recommend CMI Equipment Sales based on past history with the company. “We’ve had dealings with them in the past and they just aren’t too good to deal with,” Hillis said.
Hillis was hesitant to recommend Stringfellow or Municipal Equipment, but did say he would prefer a Heil because the department owns a Heil at this time and he has not had any problems with it.
“We’ve had just about every brand anyone has. We’ve got a Heil that we bought in 2005 and we have done nothing to it. It’s a Mack. I would like to stick with a Heil. If you’ve got one of each, they are hard to work on. If you’ve got two of the same thing, it is just easier. Parts interchange. We’ve got that Heil and it has proven itself and the city has Heil trucks,” said Hillis.
The committee voted to purchase the cheaper 2014 model. The truck ready made on the lot was cheaper than the same truck in which the chassis needed to be ordered.